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Belize’s Director of Health Services tests positive for COVID-19

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2020 | 9:31 AM
Dr Marvin Manzanero - Contributed photo.

BELMOPAN, Belize, CMC – The Director of Health Services, Dr Marvin Manzanero, the epidemiologist leading Belize’s fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, says he has tested positive for the virus that has infected 5,854 people and killed 148 others.

In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Manzanero said “for those who work closely, they would note that I am very meticulous and careful about physical distancing and enforcing mask-wearing at all times - double mask lately.

“Therefore, I can’t really say what happened but beyond being on the ground around flu clinics areas in Corozal a couple of weeks and having had short one and one meetings with M.O.H. staff (with all precautions taken) over the last couple of weeks, not really unaware of any real exposure beyond that,” he said.

Manzanero said that he started having minor symptoms such as throat itchiness on Friday and that he had not been swabbed for COVID until he was tested on Monday and the result returned positive via a rapid antigen test.

He reiterates what he has been stressing for months now, that the public cannot let its guard down and that masks must be worn.

He warned that it may get to the point where the person who works outside of the home may need to start wearing a mask at home too.

On Monday, Prime Minister John Briceño returned to work after indicating that he had made a full recovery from the virus even as other members of the ruling People’s United Party (PUP) were reported to have contracted the virus.

Briceño has since announced plans for a massive education campaign regarding the virus.

“We want to do it slightly differently and I think what we want to do is have a daily short video explaining what is taking place every day. So not just show the numbers and you try to understand what is going on. That’s one of the things that the minister just mentioned that we are going to be doing.”

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